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Postgraduate Course: Neuroimaging: Techniques and Physics (NEME11004)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis core course aims to make sure that the student understands the basic principals used to generate computed tomographic and magnetic resonance images, including basic structural images, perfusion and diffusion images, functional MRI, spectroscopy, radioisotope molecular imaging and electrophysiological approaches. This will give the student a better appreciation and understanding of the range of techniques available, along with their limitations and drawbacks.
Course description The course covers imaging physics and related techniques starting from basics and progressing to specific modalities (including: CT, MR, MRS, diffusion, permeability, perfusion, fMRI, SPECT, PET, Contrast agents). The in-course assessment activities significantly contribute to the assimilation and consolidation of the taught content.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 18/09/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 40, Online Activities 40, Formative Assessment Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Revision Session Hours 40, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 72 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment will consist of continuous, in-course assessments and a final assessment. In-course assessment will be composed of a mixture of multiple choice-type questions, short essays, practical tasks, contributions to discussions and group learning activities - and will be delivered in time with individual modules making up the course. Final assessment will normally include a combination of multiple choice-type questions and short essays and it will take place at the end of the course period.

A number of bespoke technologies and the University's online assessment tool QuestionMark Perception will be used to deliver the more interactive and visually driven elements of assessment.

The principle of constructive alignment will underpin all assessments. This will ensure the assessment tasks are aligned with the specific course objectives.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of imaging physics and related techniques starting from basics and progressing to specific modalities (including: CT, MR, MRS, diffusion, permeability, perfusion, fMRI, SPECT, PET, Contrast agents)
  2. Critically compare and contrast imaging modalities and effectively communicate their relative merits and pitfalls to peers and other interested parties.
  3. Debate the relative strengths & weaknesses of imaging techniques applied to specific situations.
  4. Receive & respond to critical appraisal professionally.
Reading List
Reading lists will be provided via the relevant institutional platform.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements All courses will be delivered taught by distance learning, using the institutional VLE as the delivery platform. Registered students are provided with a user name and password that allows them to access a protected course web site. The website houses a number of interactive tutorials that allow students to work with information in a self-paced manner to test their understanding of important concepts and principles. Online delivery will be supported through online discussions with peers and tutors. The website provides a variety of educational material and supports a range of approaches by the students to the material provided.

Study guides with lecture notes are available, either to be read on screen or printed by the students for private use. Selected readings from relevant journals and textbooks are also provided.
Additional Class Delivery Information Course will be delivered by distance learning, using the institutional VLE as the delivery platform. Students will be expected to spend 15-20 hour a week studying, including accessing online materials and tests and participating in online discussions.
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Course organiserProf Andrew Farrall
Tel: (0131) 537 3910
Course secretaryDr Charilaos Alexakis
Tel: 0131 537 3125
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